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Allergy testing is a straightforward and fast way of identifying what's causing troublesome allergic reactions. If you want quick and accurate testing, board-certified otolaryngologist Jeff Goodell, DO, of ENT & Allergy in Midwest City, Oklahoma, can help. Dr. Goodell uses advanced modified quantitative testing (MQT) for greater accuracy and provides effective treatment options for your condition. To arrange an allergy testing session, call ENT & Allergy or book an appointment online today.
The ENT & Allergy team uses allergy testing to determine what substance may be triggering your allergic reaction.
Allergies are a common problem that develop from an overreaction by your immune system. The result is that your body responds to harmless or minimally harmful substances in your environment as though your body were under attack from a dangerous microorganism.
Allergic rhinitis (hay fever) and food allergies are two of the most widespread types of allergies, but you could get an allergy to almost anything. Allergy testing helps identify the substance involved so you can take steps to control your symptoms.
Standard allergy testing involves having either a skin or blood test. Skin tests are more common, as they’re fast, reliable, and typically less costly than blood tests.
There are three basic types of skin allergy tests:
Dr. Goodell places a drop of liquid containing a possible allergen onto your skin, then makes a series of scratches or needle pricks to enable the skin to absorb the solution. If your skin develops a wheal (a red, raised, itchy patch) it indicates you're allergic to that substance.
During this test, Dr. Goodell injects a small quantity of the allergen solution into your skin. An intradermal allergy test is more sensitive than a skin prick test, but there's a higher chance of getting a false-positive test result.
This test involves Dr. Goodell placing the allergen solution on a pad and taping it to your skin for 24-72 hours. This test is best for detecting contact dermatitis.
The ENT & Allergy team uses modified quantitative testing (MQT) combination skin tests.
Modified quantitative testing combines the skin prick test and intradermal testing. Dr. Goodell uses a multipronged device to scratch your skin, allowing the allergen to enter your body. If you develop any redness or swelling, the test is positive for that substance.
If this part of the test is negative, Dr. Goodell uses a small needle to inject the substance directly into your skin.
MQT not only has better sensitivity for more accurate identification of allergens, but it also helps to determine the optimal starting dose for your immunotherapy treatment.
If you have allergies and want to find the cause, take advantage of the expert allergy testing services available at ENT & Allergy. Call the office today or book an appointment online.